I thought this would be interesting to talk about. When Sarah Palin said she would not run for the GOP nomination, she also said this:
I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency.
The Dem party is beyond redemption, in my opinion. It remains to be seen if the Tea Party can reform the GOP. How they do in 2012 will be a big metric.
So, what is up for 2012 apart from the White House?
Gubernatorial races. There are 11 States electing a governor in 2012. Wikipedia sums them up here. Of the 11, these are the ones which so far look like they may go either way: Montana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia. The impact I think, for all 11 states is voter turnout on election day. Voters who may feel unenthusiastic about the Presidential election may vote for the governor they want, and therefore have an up-ticket effect.
Senate races. There are 33 Senate seats in play in 2012 – 10 GOP, 21 Dem, and 2 Independents (Sanders & Lieberman). Jim DeMint has a handy interactive map here.
House races. 435 House Representative seats are up for election in 2012. The Cook Political Report predicts that of these 435, the Democrats have 24 seats and the Republicans have 32 seats in play (aka Lean or Toss-Up). A further 19 Dem seats and 35 Republican seats are not sure things (they are only listed as “Likely.”)
Tell us what you know or think of about these incumbents.